| Dipika Pallikal |
New Delhi: Dipika Pallikal notched up a stunning victory against former world No. 1 Rachael Grinham of Australia to clinch the Macau Open squash title on Sunday.
The 22-year-old had reached the final, defeating Rachael’s younger sister Natalie, a former world No. 2.
In the summit clash, Dipika held her nerves in the crucial moments to register a 12-10, 5-11, 11-7, 11-9 win over Rachael in a 42-minute contest. It is the seventh Women’s Squash Association (WSA) title of Dipika’s career.
“It was a good win. I had trained well for the tournament and I am happy with the victory,” said world No. 17 Dipika.
“Beating top ranked players gave me a lot of confidence. They are all experienced players on the circuit and it will help me to do well in the future. I am looking forward to many such wins,” added the Indian.
Dipika had beaten another higher-ranked player, Kasey Brown of Australia, in a New York tournament earlier in the month. She will now play in the China Open next week.
Meanwhile, Saurav Ghosal lost 8-11, 11-9, 8-11, 7-11 to top seed Omar Mosaad in an 81-minute semi-final match.
Omar led the opening game 3-1, when an injury to Saurav stopped the game temporarily. After a quick treatment, the Indian was back on the court and he soon levelled the score at 6-6. But the injury had left him uncomfortable on the court as Omar wrapped up the first set 11-8.
Saurav and Omar fought tooth and nail in the second set and from 6-6, the Indian surged ahead to 10-8, before winning it 11-9. The pair traded blows in the third all the way to 8-all but an unlucky point at a crucial moment gave the momentum to Omar, who won it 11-8.
In the next, from 3-all, Omar moved ahead to 9-6 and then with the help of a few shots, he won the next two points. (PTI)